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Practical Noninvasive Vascular Diagnosis

Arch Surg. 1983;118(2):253. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1983.01390020095015.
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This is a succinct, practical, clearly illustrated guide to those noninvasive tests with proven value in the clinical treatment of vascular disease. The authors' objectives are accurately detailed in their preface. Each technique and its instrumentation is presented by contributors recognized for their pioneering expertise in that area. Hemodynamic and biophysical data are included only where valuable to elucidate certain basic principles. Controversial, invasive, and nuclear medicine studies are omitted.

The text is divided into four parts. The first part describes the organization and operation of the vascular diagnostic laboratory, with some fundamental suggestions concerning location and layout, selection of instruments, technician training, data collection, and reporting. Part 2 details the principles and instrumentation of ultrasound and plethysmography, which are the workhorses of the vascular laboratory. The third and principal section gives comprehensive attention to 16 commonly available procedures. Arterial tests include the Doppler survey, limb pressures, stress testing, pulse


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